Although Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc or Frisbee™ on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.
Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees.
On Monday, May 13th, DUT hosted BART on upper field for the final game before the RVAL tournament. Dublin controlled the game from the first point, pulling downwind to BART, stymieing their offensive attack with an active and lane-clogging cup. Wind played a major part in the first half of the game, forcing several turnovers on both sides. DUT won the first half, 8-3. As the wind gave way to an icy rain, both teams accumulated turnovers, and points started to get longer. In the end, Dublin prevailed as both teams agreed to end before hardcap, 11-5. Strong defensive performances were had by Colin Brown '21, Reed Brencher '20, Grady Allen '19, Phillip Simons '19, Henry Luettgen '19, and Colin Purdy '21. After the game DUT honored its seniors with flowers and appreciations in brief ceremony. Abby Ingram, Grady Allen, Phillip Simons, Henry Luettgen, and Gwen Thomson, we are grateful for all you've meant to DUT!
On Wednesday, May 8th, DUT hosted White Oak for the teams' only meeting this season. Dublin started slowly, working to establish communication with a new starting line. Once DUT found its groove, however, it jumped out to a commanding lead, winning the first half 8-2. In the second half, Dublin substituted more liberally, getting playing time, and many fine plays, from subs. Colin Brown '21 led the defense from the deep position, racking up Ds and interceptions, while Grady Allen '19 anchored the offense playing handler/cutter and scoring three times. Andrew Dailey '19 contributed three assists from the cutter position. In the end, after a beautiful afternoon of ultimate, Dublin won on hardcap 10-4.
DUT traveled to play Winchendon, an athletic team with the ability to connect on deep throws at any point. As a counter, Dublin ran a zone defense, forcing Winchendon to work the disc patiently instead of relying on their athletes. The strategy worked as Dublin’s defense consistently forced turnovers. Once Dublin had possession, they were able to convert breaks, consistently finding Ben Froling in the end zone. Ben earned the title of Player of the Game with 5 goals and an assist. Strong efforts from seniors Abby Ingram and Henry Luettgen helped close out the resounding 15-6 win and bring Dublin’s season record to 2-2.
Dublin hosted Charlemont for its first home game of the season on a beautiful day with light winds. Charlemont threw a poach defense, which is played somewhat like a zone, throughout the game, but DUT’s handler remained patient and worked the disc up the field effectively. Again Dublin led 8-5 at the halftime, but Charlemont scored 3 straight points to tie the game 8-8. Time cap went off, and the teams played double game point. After turnovers from both teams, DUT was able to score the final goal and secure the 9-8 win. Phillip Simons was the Player of the Game with 4 assists and a steady presence in the handler backfield throughout the game.
Dublin’s second game against Putney was hotly contested with multiple lead changes and numerous highlight reel plays. Putney took an early 4-2 lead, but Dublin went on a big run, which was capped by a spectacular play in the end zone by Player of the Game, James Bostrup, who sent Dublin into halftime with and 8-5 lead. In the second half, Putney ramped up the defensive pressure and went on a run of their own. With Dublin down 11-10 as time cap went into effect, they need to score to send the game to double game point. However, Putney’s offense punched in the final goal, dealing Dublin the 12-10 loss.
Dublin Ultimate’s first game against Four Rivers was also their first time getting to play outdoors in 2019, and thus, the wind played a large factor in the game. Four Rivers jumped out to an early lead, but Dublin battled to keep it close through the first half, which ended 8-4. Despite strong efforts by Player of the Game, Colin Brown, who threw 4 assists and recorded 7 blocks, Dublin’s offense could only muster one goal in the second half. DUT lost the game 13-5, but spirits were still high as players felt this was merely a starting point for the team.
Dublin (DUT) started the day against Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, and it was clear from the start that Dublin’s experience would carry them to victory. DUT finished off the game 13-0 and got some extra rest before the second round.
DUT then played Four Rivers JV, which is actually one of the stronger teams in the region. DUT quickly jumped out to a lead with strong play from its senior class. Without too much struggle, DUT put the game away by a score of 13-5.
After a multi-sport high school career, Denis started playing ultimate in his first year at Bowdoin in the fall of 2011. A three year starter on the team, Denis served as a captain in his junior and senior years. Bowdoin reached the DIII National Championship tournament in 2012 and 2015, and Denis received First-Team All-Region honors (Ultimate's version of All-America honors) for New England as an offensive handler in 2015. From 2013-2015, Denis also played as a defensive handler with Red Tide, the top club team in Maine. He is currently captain of an elite Boston club team ("Dig") and plays as a defensive cutter. His current goal is to play at Club Nationals.
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